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Mule or Horseback Bottom Grand Canyon Tours

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Papillon Airways
Since 1965

Adventurous visitors have been taking mule or horseback bottom Grand Canyon expeditions since 1904. Over one hundred years later, the tradition of riding a mule to the bottom of the Grand Canyon is so popular that travelers often need to book reservations a year or more in advance.

At over a mile deep, the only practical way to visit the depths of this rock formation if you're not a hiker is to take a mule ride. Experienced, well-trained guides lead the expedition while nimble mules handle the walls of the Grand Canyon like seasoned mountain climbers. The guides make sure that the mules stop to rest every 45 minutes or so because of the intense heat and risk of dehydration at the Grand Canyon.

People who want to take a mule ride need to be in good physical shape, have no fears of heights or animals, comprehend English and be over 4 feet 7 inches tall and weigh less than 200 pounds. Mule and horseback riders cannot be pregnant.

There are three basic South Rim mule or horseback bottom Grand Canyon tours. The first is the one day mule ride that lasts about seven hours, giving travelers enough time to view the Colorado River from Plateau Point. The second mule tour of the Grand Canyon is two days and riders stay overnight next to the River at Phantom Ranch, the only lodging that exists at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The third option is a three day tour of the depths of the Grand Canyon. Riders spend two nights at the Phantom Ranch and get to explore the Colorado River and South Rim.

Most rides follow the Bright Angel Trail, with the 2 day trip coming back up the South Kaibab Trail. The cost for these mule or horseback expeditions through the Grand Canyon is between $100 to $850, depending on the length of the tour. South Rim rides may be arranged through the Grand Canyon National Park Lodges. There are also some mule trips that can be taken from the North Rim that don't go all the way to the Colorado River. These are also available throught the National Park Service at the above link. There is also a private company, Grand Canyon Trail Rides, that offers North Rim mule rides.

Memorable mule or horseback bottom Grand Canyon tours give visitors an opportunity to see and feel this immense, majestic rock formation up close and experience the true beauty of the great outdoors.


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